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Man Pleads Guilty In Shooting Of USC Students

Bryan Barnes pleaded guilty to first-degree murder to the April 2012 shootings that killed two USC students.

Bryan Barnes
Bryan Barnes

One of the two men charged with the murder of two international USC students in 2012 pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday afternoon.

Bryan Barnes, 21, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A third charge for attempted murder at an unrelated South L.A. party in Dec. 2011 was dropped as part of the plea agreement to avoid the death penalty.

Javier Bolden, 21, the other man charged with the murder of the two USC students, is due in court March 12 for a pretrial hearing.

Ying Wu and Ming Qu, both 23, were graduate students from China in the Viterbi School of Engineering.

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